Erpe-Mere Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Erpe-Mere

The charming Belgian municipality of Erpe-Mere lies less than 24 km from Ghent and 32 km from Brussels in Flanders. With bus and train services to both cities, as well as connections to Bruges and Antwerp, Erpe-Mere is the ideal stopover for travelers exploring Belgium. Some 43 and 86 km away, respectively, are Brussels Airport and Charleroi Airport, where Enterprise Rent-A-Car branches can be found.

What to do and see in Erpe-Mere

Located in East Flanders, Erpe-Mere is not only a stopover for people sojourning in Belgium's 'fairy-tale cities,' but also a thriving tourist hotspot in its own right. This municipality was formed from the merger of 8 towns and has a total area of less than 35 square kilometers. But what it lacks in size, it more than makes up for in rustic charm, resplendent scenery, Michelin restaurants and world-class cuisine.

Home to the Blue Angels motorcycle group, Erpe-Mere hosts the Steenbergcross, the season's first international cyclo-cross race. Known for its vast open spaces and reverence to nature, the area is also popular with adepts of holistic wellness, offering a range of spa and wellness opportunities to tourists.

The local 205-hectare nature reserve called Den Dotter, which straddles the towns of Aaigem and Heldergem, is an oasis of peace speckled with marigolds. It boasts over 300 plant species, a paved road, a bakehouse and a mill. In fact, Erpe-Mere is known as the Belgian area with the most water mills, counting 11 such landmarks in total, 7 of which are protected by law. But perhaps the best-known local mill is Kruiskoutermolen in Mere, a gargantuan windmill. More than 6 centuries since it was built, it's still in use as a flour mill, and it's still open to viewers by appointment at the tourist office.

Erpe-Mere is also brimming with places of worship, some of which are sprinkled in the most unlikely places. The tiny Sint-Anna-Kapelleke, dedicated to Mary's mother, lies in a field. It's believed to have served as a last stop for prayer for people on their way to the gallows. The much grander St. Nicholas' Church of Aaigem, built in the 18th century just before the French Revolution, boasts a unique octagonal crossing tower that dates back to the 14th century. Within, visitors can find an impressive van Peteghem organ from 1819, as well as 17th-century tombstones.

Popular with hikers, the 8-kilometer "Noble Tour" is a walking trail that starts at Ede train station. Another year-round attraction is the circular walk between Brussels and Ghent. Both trails carry on through picturesque villages neighboring the town of Aalst, with its magnificent train station, stock exchange building, alderman's house and belfry. A unique hiking highlight is the Mariagrot, a grotto home that lies at a crossroads, topped with a sculpture of the Virgin Mary and featuring an art exhibition within.

There are also a few popular cycling routes, like the one in Vossehol or the challenging WTC't Veloken watermill route. Some of the best-loved cyclist sights are the Denderbrug Bridge in Geraardsbergen, Belgium, and Gotegemberg Hill in Mere, near Den Dotter. The latter, a hill with an 18% incline, was featured in "The Misfortunates" and continues to draw cyclists eager for a challenge.

Driving in Erpe-Mere

Erpe-Mere benefits from its proximity to Brussels and Ghent, as it's crossed by the E40 European route and the N9, which connect these two major cities. It's also traversed by the N46 road to Oudenaarde and the N442 to Lede, roads which supply the local train stations and make traffic more fluid.

In Belgium, all freeways are toll-free for passenger vehicles, so traveling outside Erpe-Mere is a pretty seamless experience. As it's not densely populated and lies at a low altitude, it's easy to get around with most types of cars, especially since the area is not part of the Low Emission Zone, like Ghent or Brussels.

Drivers must always keep to the right in Erpe-Mere and in the rest of the country and not exceed the speed limit by more than 6 km/h to avoid on-the-spot fines. In terms of the right of way, priority is always given to vehicles that come from the right. Streetcars are exempt from this rule and always have priority over other vehicles in cities like Gent and Brussels.

Passing is only allowed on the left, and drivers are allowed to use the side of a footway – without placing pedestrians in harm's way – if there's no space on the road to maneuver. Bearing in mind that cyclists visit the area year-round so when driving a car or van rental in Erpe-Mere, you should ensure that you always keep a distance of at least one meter from any moped or bike while passing.

Wearing a seatbelt is compulsory in Erpe-Mere, and honking is not allowed except for the purpose of avoiding an accident. The speed limit is 50 km/h in built-up areas, between 70 and 90 km/h in non-built-up areas and 120 km/h on freeways. However, in school areas, there's usually a 30 km/h limit. Keep an eye out for signs as limits can change depending on local requirements.

Car and van rental in Belgium with Enterprise

Enterprise Belgium offers a range of car and van rental services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle rental. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

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Car rental in Erpe-Mere

If you are traveling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van rental in Erpe-Mere

Should you need to rent a van while you’re in Erpe-Mere, all our vans can be driven on a standard license and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your rental van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.